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Tuesday Tip #12

Slowing down…

Because we only spend our weekends together, we often feel an urgency to “do everything”; trying to accomplish everything on the to-do list whether it is hiking with the kids, getting to everyone’s sports practices, hanging pictures in one of our homes, coordinating our calendars or simply, grocery shopping.  Over the years, we’ve learned that really enjoying two activities instead of rushing to get three accomplished makes everyone happier and leads to a less stressful day.

Tuesday Tip #9

BIRTHDAYS!  Today is the youngest child’s birthday – how appropriate then, to discuss birthday celebrations!  Given our geographic distance, we cannot always celebrate birthdays together on the actual birth date.  However, we make it an important point to celebrate when we are together.  By doing so, we provide an opportunity for the children to grow closer together by recognizing each child’s important day.  Celebrations don’t have to be over the top — a special dinner that the birthday child gets to choose, a “champagne” (sparkling grape juice!) toast to the birthday child, a special outing or a small gift provides the birthday child special recognition within our blended family.

Tuesday Tip #8

Sharing a pet is a great way to bring your entire family together – we share a sweet chocolate lab that we adopted!  “Shredder” spends time at both homes bringing shared joy to us all!

Tuesday Tip #7

Recognize and appreciate the opportunities that your new blended family can bring into your life.  Your spouse/partner and their children will bring new hobbies, new places to visit, & new extended family to get to know and enjoy into the mix – embrace these opportunities!

Tuesday Tip #6

Board games are a great way for your blended family to bond.  No matter how old or young the children are, bonding over a game of Scrabble or Monopoly is not only a way for the brood to grow closer, it’s educational too!

Tuesday Tip #5

With 2014 upon us, I thought a tip on ORGANIZATION would be appropriate! With all the chargers, earphones and other cords that we accumulate as a family, it is difficult to identify whose cords belong to whom.  Colored duct tape is the perfect solution! Let each child (and parent!) choose a color or pattern and wrap a small piece on charger blocks, cords, earphones, etc.  This also for works for other items that are easily confused  — last year, ski boots were identified this way!  Happy New Year!!

Tuesday Tip #4

Holidays for blended families can pose many scheduling difficulties – conflicting schedules with parents & step-parents make FLEXIBILITY a key element of success.  Make the most of every minute you have together; whether it is with your spouse, your children, or the entire crowd!  These times together build the memories of the blended family that you are – focus on making the memories that will last a lifetime for the whole bunch!

Tuesday Tip #3

Contributing to the family has been an important part of our growth together.  Over the years, we have set the expectation that the children all contribute to the family meal.  Children of all ages can help with jobs such as:  setting the table, pouring milk, getting out the ketchup, cleaning the table, loading the dishwasher, etc.  Make sure everyone has a job and contributes as an important part of the blended family!

Tuesday Tip #2

Plan ways to spend dedicated time with each child in the family.  In a group of 5, our less extroverted children can easily get lost in the shuffle.  Even a quick trip to the local coffee shop with one of the children gives us a few minutes alone to really focus on one child at a time.

Tuesday Tip #1

Build traditions that carry from year to year with your blended family — making Christmas cookies together as a family is one of our favorites!